Ripples #646: Overcoming.
For our tribe of 29,297 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
Oct 10, 2011
All the world is full of suffering.
It is also full of overcoming.
-Helen Keller, submitted by Nick in New Jersey
Keep in mind, at all times,
that we grow the most
from our greatest suffering.
As we go through it, it hurts.
But as we move through it, it also heals.
When a jug of water falls to the floor and cracks,
what was hidden within begins to pour out.
When life sends you one of its curves,
remember that it has come
to help crack you open
so that all the love, power and potential
that have been slumbering within you
can be poured into the world outside you.
And, like a fractured bone,
we do become stronger in the broken places.
-Robin Sharma, submitted by Esther in Pune, India
Over the past few weeks I have heard from several of our fellow ripplers
who are struggling with significant challenges. This news is both
heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. On the one hand I am sorry
that so many of us are dealing with difficulty; on the other hand, it is
somehow comforting to know they are not alone–others out there are also
facing (and hopefully conquering) challenges.
Life is pretty good for me right now,
but I know what it is like to face “big stuff.”
I wouldn’t wish my biggest challenges on another person, AND
I wouldn’t wish them away from my own experience as a human being.
If life is difficult right now, remember to breathe deeply, rest when you
must, and then when you are ready: stand up, brush yourself off, and face
life fiercely. You can overcome, and you will!